From a Medical Perspective Blog Entries

  1. The Benefit Of A Mikey’s Way Gift

    Thoughts From a Child Life Specialist

    Mikey's Way CartAs the child life specialist for the past 4 years in outpatient oncology, bone marrow transplant and hematology, I have worked with children who clearly benefit from the generosity of Mikey’s Way.  Mikey’s Way has helped kids keep up with school work by providing a laptop, has helped kids isolated because of treatment connect with their friends socially and virtually while hospitalized.  I have witnessed kids swept up by videos and imagine going to far away places they’d like to visit once treatment is over.  Children have used these electronics to play games to help distract them through procedures, to watch streaming movies, to write their journals.  It has been wonderful to talk about the program with a patient and give them the choice of gift to help them through treatment.  Mikey’s Way has made many patients smile, parents astonished at the generosity, and me as a staff member grateful for all of your help.

    Sonia Lugo, MS, CCLS, CEIM
    Child and Adolescent Oncology and Hematology Center
    NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  2. Immunotherapy – new promise for some patients

    According to the American Cancer Society, in the last 10 years, there’s been a lot of progress in the treatment of childhood cancers. Since the mid-1970s, survival rates have increased from 60% to 90% for certain cancers.

    Many pediatric cancer patients respond well to standard treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation.  But for some children treatment stops working and for others, standard treatments are not effective, leaving few other treatment options for these children.

    The good news is that the rapid developments in immunotherapy could offer great promise for many children battling cancer. Immunotherapy uses the body’s own immune system to recognize and attack cancer cells. read more →

  3. Mind-Body Medicine

    The implications of psychoneuroimmunology cover the length and breadth of medical research.

    Over the last few decades, the prevalent links between neuroscience and the immune system have grown into an interdisciplinary area of study known as psychoneuroimmunology which explores the influence of the mind on the body’s immune system.

    Research in the field of psychoneuroimmunology shows that stress and depression affect the body’s natural immune response to cancer as well as infections.**  The immune system plays a critical role in cancer incidence, progression, and quality of life. read more →

  4. Children will no longer be left behind in the advancement of new cancer treatments!

    RACE for Children Act Becomes Law!

    On Friday, August 18, 2017, the RACE for Children Act became law, ensuring that novel and exciting new cancer drugs will now be developed not only for adults, but also for children with cancer!

    One of the most significant challenges for pediatric cancer research has been the lack of access to novel and exciting new drugs.  Cancer research has made tremendous strides over the years resulting in new cancer treatments for adults, but these seldom translate into new treatments for kids. Because of this, pediatric cancer patients received out-dated and often old treatments.

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